Colorado Is Still The Leanest State In The US

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Mississippi is the fattest state for 9th straight year, Colorado still leanest, Arkansas getting fatter, Hawaii slimmer

For 2014 Mississippi has claimed the title of fattest state for the ninth consecutive year, while Colorado continues its streak as the leanest. Alaska rose the most places in the rankings over last year, while California dropped the most, according to a new analysis by CalorieLab, Inc.

Most Obese States

Louisiana and West Virginia changed places with Loisiana rising to second place, with Arkansas and Alabama also changing places, Arkansas rising to fourth place.

Arkansas recorded a three-year obesity percentage average rise of 1.2 percent, while Alaska rose 1.1 percent. Three states’ obesity rates rose 1.0 percent: North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Nevada.

Thinnest States

Colorado repeats as the slimmest state for the fifth consequtive year. Hawaii unseated the District of Columbia as second slimmest state, a spot D.C. had held for three years.

Ranking and Obesity Changes

Alaska rose the most slots in the rankings for 2014, rising 5 places, while California dropped the most, 5 places.

As mentioned above, Arkansas’s three-year obesity average rose the most, 1.2 percent, while Hawaii’s fell the most, 0.5 percent. Wisconsin’s and Nevada’s averages rose 1.0 percent. Oregon’s average dropped 0.4 percent, while Missouri’s average dropped 0.3 percent. Alabama’s, Florida’s and California’s averages all dropped 0.2 percent.

Regional Obesity by State Trends

In general, states in the West and New England rank lowest in the fattest states rankings, while states in the South and the Rust Belt tend to rank highest.

CalorieLab computed the fattest state rankings for this year based on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System database maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although the CDC helps to coordinate the collection of state health data, the surveys themselves are planned and carried out by state authorities, not the CDC. The survey design and execution, subject selection, and sample size vary by state. Data from some states may be more reliable than data from others, so this ranking should be taken with a grain of salt. In order to partially address these issues CalorieLab’s rankings use a three-year average in order to smooth out statistical fluctuations.

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59 comments
Nghia Truong
Nghia Truong

It's the leanest, but still not the fittest. Especially with all these new out of staters constantly moving in.

Donna Welschmeyer
Donna Welschmeyer

I'm working on fixing THAT statistic! Yum, Christmas caramel! :)

Minty Raines-Verbeten
Minty Raines-Verbeten

We moved from one of the most healthy states (Colorado) to one of the most unhealthy (VA/KY)...lol. Has been a big change. No wonder I have gained weight. Missing Colorado!

Lorrie Sage Coté
Lorrie Sage Coté

We moved to Pennsylvania for my husband's job. What a difference from Colorado. These folks eat French fries on their SALADS. I am missing my Colorado lung capacity. Gotta love CO. :-)

Sandra Mahan
Sandra Mahan

And I'm a fatty who should move back\U0001f33a\U0001f337\U0001f528\U0001f528

Merrily Hartwig
Merrily Hartwig

I find this hard to believe. I've seen some really husky people here since moving a few months ago.

Sean Devos
Sean Devos

Californistani's are ruining the state. And America would be perefectly fine without other countries.

Sean Devos
Sean Devos

...Still rather live in the south. And I was born here. Too many Californistani's here now, ruined the state.

Ryan DaKing
Ryan DaKing

dont move her its already packedd our traffick sucks and if you want weed go to seattle

Andrew Fettner
Andrew Fettner

I don't know if they looked around lately. I definitely don't think were one of the thinnest states.

Fresco Ragazzino
Fresco Ragazzino

That's a good point. I find that it really depends on where people are from, unfortunately. Like, can't everyone just come here and be happy!? I'm originally from north of Boston, and that's THE rudest place in America. People from up there are so rude, even when they move here, like get over yourself!! I just don't understand the concept of being an angry, miserable, rude person. There is too much anger here between natives and newer residents, but it's because the jerks that move here and act like jerks ruin it for the rest of us who moved here for a happier, healthier, sunnier life, and to make our quality of life superb!! :)

Jessica Stiner
Jessica Stiner

What would be great is if people who moved here could be nice. Boulder has changed so much in the last 10 years, but that will happen when you shove so many people in a small space...

Jason Saucier
Jason Saucier

Oh yea. Not as many people down south exercise. If they don't get the exercise at work .. Then they may not get it at all lol

Zach Huck
Zach Huck

Umm everyone who is high on pot

Zach Huck
Zach Huck

look at Denver than the Capitol of a less healthy city and it's pretty obvious just by the amount of people biking and exercising on a daily that it's just not the food we eat

Zach Huck
Zach Huck

Well ya there are fat people everywhere goto Texas you will feel like an ant

Zach Huck
Zach Huck

Shane looks like the whitest potato I've ever seen I don't think he's from India lol

Fresco Ragazzino
Fresco Ragazzino

I just hope the rude natives (I find most are incredibly welcoming and happy) realize that CO would be NOTHING without out-of-state migrants just as America would be nothing without all other countries! Get over yourselves and smoke a joint. This a beautiful, sunny, healthy, happy, optimistic, and wonderful place to live. Quit the Beverly Hills attitude....you look very foolish, stuck-up, and completely UN-Colorado like!!

Akca Akca
Akca Akca

J Manuel Nevarez we are suppose to be lean!

William Mobley
William Mobley

i live in Colorado and boy i seen some pretty fat people there

Ski Steve
Ski Steve

What's funny is Colorado is the biggest incubator of fast food restaurants in the country. So many are based here. That's because were an isolated cross section of America and if you can make it here you can make it anywhere. We just exercise.

Ski Steve
Ski Steve

Obviously has never smoked pot lolllllllllllll.

Mary Hartford
Mary Hartford

That's because we don't sit on out butts collecting welfare.

Aaron Muslim
Aaron Muslim

West Virginia is the fattest ... who's topped out over 33.8?

Kellie Lister
Kellie Lister

Let me tell you my family has been here from the early 1700's so I have every right to say native

Jason Saucier
Jason Saucier

This map only proves how good a states' food is.. Plus a few other demographic details that aren't cool to talk about lol.

Shane Guilfoyle
Shane Guilfoyle

"Native", that's hilarious. Tell your complaint to the Indians.

Shane Guilfoyle
Shane Guilfoyle

Who cares? We're still the fastest country by a mile.

Luis Carlos Ortega
Luis Carlos Ortega

We are also the drunkest state in the nation. Work hard, play hard.

Chris Baker
Chris Baker

It's no coincidence the poorest state is also the fattest.

Jo-Anna Marie
Jo-Anna Marie

Part of it is the elevation it helped me lose 25 lbs after moving back here from pa

Ezekiel Gaschler
Ezekiel Gaschler

Sometime I wonder who there looking at in colorado hahahahaha